International Archives and Archivists Weekly News Roundup-November 23, 2016

Our weekly roundup of archives-related news from around the globe

Bank of France leaves the doors to its treasures open for researchers in an unusual move to allow the public to use some of its data sets.  

To balance the flow of information, also in France, another round of collecting initiative begun in 2013 aims to channel documentation on French involvement in Africa from private hands to the National Archives.

In the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, the National Archives is promoting Archives Awareness Week, an annual outreach and engagements campaign, complete with live music entertainment.


And to end this round of news, we return to France and read about the Bollinger family’s need to go to the archives to examine another treasure – bottles from a newly found cache of century-old champagne.” Identifying the wines proves difficult “as the old coding system is no longer used” but the archive offers hope.  Can our profession’s coding systems last longer?


Call for Papers

For archivists who collect and offer for research records that are vital to these researchers:

7th European Conference on African Studies ECAS: Urban Africa – Urban Africans: New encounters of the rural and the urban

Date: June 29, 2017 to July 1, 2017
Location: Switzerland

Submissions due: January 19, 2017


It is time to start thinking about the Annual Meeting of the International Council on Archives (ICA) in Mexico City in November 2017, organized jointly with ALA (Asociación Latinoamericana de Archivos) with a promising theme “Archives, Citizenship and Interculturalism”.  And perhaps you can even pencil in  Abu-Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, for the International Congress of the ICA in 2020 on your calendar.

International Archives and Archivists Weekly News Roundup-November 18, 2016

Mexico holds the 4th International Seminar on Transparency and Record Keeping: Nov. 16, 17, and 18 in the midst of the controversy over the new law of archives in Mexico. Soledad Loaeza explains that this new law has been drafted by politicians who have not taken into consideration neither LIS professionals nor historians. Their intention seems to be censorship. This coincides with the increasing restriction of the materials that researchers can use at the Archivo General de la Nación. This censorship has been justified by the need to protect personal information, but it does not follow an established policy or procedure. For Spanish readers: the text of the law that the Mexican senate is reviewing is here.

Intelligence services on both sides of the Atlantic have struggled to come to terms with new technology and a new mission. They are not done yet, writes Edward Carr: Shaken and stirred

More on espionage. In 1992, Vasili Mitrokhin, a KGB archivist, defected to the West with a trove of top secret documents from the Soviet intelligence agency, which helped expose many Russian agents and assets in Israel and elsewhere. This series of articles explores these documents and brings to light the secrets they revealed. The KGB’s Middle East Files: Leaking thousands of documents

More on the Middle East: Inside the new Lebanese National Library

Three Spanish LIS institutions organize a workshop to teach people how to turn family papers into archival collections that might aid people with Alzheimer’s: “La documentacióm que guardamos en casa tiene valor histórico.”

Cuba’s National Archives issues a call for articles for the Boletín del Archivo Nacional.

Follow the Seminar on Digital Preservation: Colombia 2016.

Finding the underrepresented voice: A seminar on African collections in @britishlibrary & the West Africa exhibition 2015-16.

More on Africa. Can Archivists Save the World’s Newest Nation? Meet the archivists, folklorists, and curators fighting to preserve South Sudan’s history—and end its civil war.

Geneva is believed to be the first city in the world with its own portable container to save cultural property in the event of local disasters. took a look inside.

In London, researchers draw on archives of the past to cast new light on the present. Being Human: What the Archives Reveal

Weekly News Roundup – November 11, 2016

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Conferences and CFPs

The ICA Section on University and Research Institution Archives (SUV) is pleased to announce that its 2017 Conference will be in Riga, Latvia near the end of August.  As with past SUV conferences the meeting will have a thematic focus that will accommodate a broad variety of archival institutions while it also opens the possibility for dialogue with the research community.  This year’s conference theme builds from our recent affiliation with folklore archivists while staying connected to methodological developments in the archival profession.

*** Please see the call for proposals below ***


21 – 27 AUGUST 2017, RIGA LATVIA

2017 SUV conference calls for sessions or single paper proposals on the
following topics:





Abstracts and panel session proposals should be submitted to the ICA-SUV 2017
Conference Scientific Committee via email to: by
JANURAY 15, 2017

Information on the full call for proposals and submission guidelines is
available on the website:

International Archives and Archivists Weekly News Roundup – November 7, 2016

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